Second Generation review

This lo-fi drama takes place in a late-night London you've never seen on screen before, but it's not a lame clubbing movie a la Sorted. Instead, first-time director Shane O'Sullivan has let his camera loose on a deadpan detective story set in the Asian East End.

Go (Shigetomo Yutani), a Japanese wastrel, has to track down a Hong Kong teen bride (Japanese pop star Hanayo) for his boss, or lose his visa. It's a hackneyed premise, but O'Sullivan packs the story with detail and charm, while the representation of the Bangladeshi communities is a real strength.

On the downside, Second Generation does suffer from patchy supporting performances, and the sound design is poor. A bold, but not entirely successful, experiment.

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